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Google Pixel 3 XL benchmark surfaces with moderate scores

By Greg S · 4 replies
Aug 3, 2018
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  1. Recently we have seen photos of a white Google Pixel 3 XL that is believed to be an early engineering sample. Even though the general appearance of the device appears to be relatively well known, the internals are still somewhat under wraps aside from speculation based on previous versions.

    A benchmark spotted on Geekbench shows further details of the Pixel 3 XL, or at least the details of a sample unit. Even though samples will often share the same name as the finished product, smartphones generally go through several iterations before arriving at the finished product.

    Below are the benchmark results showing single-core and multi-core scores slightly above that of the Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9+, but below that of Samsung's Exynos processor. However, given that the Exynos 9810 has some unresolved issues that are detailed in our Galaxy S9+ review, that may be a moot point.

    As expected the Pixel 3 XL is running Android 9.0. Since this version of Android is still under development and we do not know which build version was used, actual performance could be fairly similar to what we see here or significantly better for the finished product.

    One area where Google could be slacking a little is in the memory department. Other smartphone makers such as OnePlus have started adding additional memory for better multitasking and gaming. Even Samsung has 6GB of memory in its S9+. However, Apple only has 3GB of memory in the iPhone X and there are not any outcries of performance issues, so Google may be able to sneak by for one more year with only 4GB of memory.

    It is also possible that Google may change the amount of memory for its final version anyways, but we will have to wait a few more weeks for the official unveiling.

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  2. Vulcanproject

    Vulcanproject TS Evangelist Posts: 619   +813

    At this point 2GB on Android definitely isn't enough, you'll see a lot of reloading apps and browser tabs if you put them under heavy use. However I have used quite a lot of different Android phones this year, most with 'only' 3GB of RAM and they run sweet.

    I have a 4GB (3675mb available) phone myself and rarely see more than 3000mb utilised. I just checked- I currently have a heavy duty game, 6 apps, and a browser with two tabs open. It's just tipping 3000mb.

    4GB should be good for several more years yet.
  3. Sausagemeat

    Sausagemeat TS Maniac Posts: 409   +202

    Android really does need to sort out its memory management. Why do you need multiple gigabytes to run mobile software? Especially as the same software runs on Apple phones, usually with just as much speed but Apple devices have 2/3gb of RAM at the very most. 8gb of RAM in some of the other devices is hilarious, my Xeon work PC doesn’t even use that much with 20 odd applications open!
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  4. tomkaten

    tomkaten TS Maniac Posts: 246   +164

    It's not necessarily 3rd party apps that are chewing up memory, but Android itself. Google's services are the real memory hogs, updating in the background on their own without consent, via mobile data, whether you like it or not.

    There are reports from people going for custom ROMs without any Google services whatsoever seeing massive improvements in the functionality of their phones. Android is fully bloated these days. The only "good" thing it does is spy on you to get more money for Alphabet. I'm an Android user, so no "Apple fanboy" accusations necessary...
  5. petert

    petert TS Evangelist Posts: 343   +150

    I did not expect it, in fact with all its issues, I thought the pixel 2 and 1 were a big flop - overpriced, nothing valuable to stand out in comparison with the competition. Bland, nothing more than an Iphone clone. Somebody in the upper management at Google likes cosplay - more specifically he likes to pretent to be Steve Jobs. He definitely has the resources, and the idi*ts to sell it too - what he lacks is the inspiration and ideas to deliver a decent product for the money. Also, he cheapens out in many departments - can't remember any iphone model having so many issues like pixel phones.

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